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Arizona Democratic Party chairman slams Republicans

The chairman of the Arizona Democratic Party blasted Republican lawmakers led by Senate President Russell Pearce on Wednesday as the state’s Legislature ended its 2011 regular session. “Mainstream and middle-class Arizonans can breathe a little easier now that the state Legislature is out of session,” Andrei Cherny said. “But it’s…

Pain medications kill more than heroin and cocaine combined

Kristina Wandzilak, the Executive Director and founder of Full Circle Intervention, said on MSNBC’s Martin Bashir Wednesday that Americans cannot tolerant being physically or emotionally uncomfortable, which has led to the abuse of addictive prescription drugs. More than five million Americans abuse pain killers. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world…

ACLU defends New York students suspended for protesting budget cuts

The New York American Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) has criticized the Central Islip School District’s decision to suspend students who participated in a peaceful protest against proposed budget cuts. In a letter to Superintendent Craig Carr on Tuesday, the NYCLU said the suspensions sent the message that free speech is…

In Afghanistan, House Speaker John Boehner assails pullout plan

WASHINGTON — US House Speaker John Boehner wrapped up a visit to Afghanistan Wednesday and assailed President Barack Obama’s plan to begin pulling US troops out in July a risk to fragile security gains. “Any drawdown of US troops must be based on the conditions on the ground, not on…

Kloppenburg asks for recount in Wisconsin court race

MADISON, Wis (Reuters) – Wisconsin’s election oversight agency said on Wednesday that the challenger in the close race for a seat on the state Supreme Court has asked for a recount. The April 5 high court contest was widely seen as a referendum on the state’s new Republican leadership and…

Obama backs allies sending military aides to Libya

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama supports the decision by allies to send military advisers to aid Libyan rebels but has no plans to put US “boots on the ground,” his spokesman said Wednesday. A senior American diplomat, meanwhile, told lawmakers in a letter obtained by AFP on Wednesday, that Obama…

Florida bill an assault on voters’ rights, says ACLU

A bill in the Florida House of Representatives to “clean up” voting is the latest sad chapter in the state’s handbook of voter suppression, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida. The legislation, sponsored by Republican Rep. Dennis Baxley, would cut Florida’s early-voting period from two weeks to…

‘Unprecedented’ coalition pressing for marriage equality in New York

An alliance of gay rights groups — along with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) — are launching a new effort to legalize same sex marriage in New York by this summer. The Empire State Pride Agenda, the Human Rights Campaign, Freedom to Marry and Marriage Equality New York announced…

WATCH LIVE: Obama’s Townhall at Facebook HQ

Watch live video from Obama’s live town hall meeting at Facebook headquarters, courtesy of MSNBC, below: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

U.S. recommends death penalty in USS Cole attack

WASHINGTON — A US military prosecutor is recommending the prime suspect in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole be tried at Guantanamo in what would be the first military tribunal under the Obama administration, the Pentagon said Wednesday. “Military commissions prosecutors have sworn charges against Abd al-Rahim Hussayn Muhammad…

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